It’s taken a year and adding to it slowly, but now, this place feels like home.
Upgraded Apple Watch, A relaxer, working out, and new found confidence.
This…year’s pick of the month is my new Mac Mini.
Small changes and making my space my own.
I’m a sucker for setups.
Started out with big ambitions, ended up with just me.
Down but not out.
I’ve found the perfect use case for old iPads.
Nothing beats surprising your mom on Christmas.
You get in too deep and then everything is a tool for automation.
Yes, Chase Reeves. Again.
Notion may be clunky and slow but it has its uses.
You got your hooks in me, Adobe.
NaNoWriMo for non-novelists.
The ‘burbs are too quiet.
You always seem to find your way back home eventually.
I can’t help myself sometimes.
I’m in pretty deep.
13 years of pent up demand comes down to this.
They’re listening but it doesn’t matter to me.
Buying things for a new place is most of the fun.
Sometimes, it’s best to be who you are.
90s prog rock metal sludge is my favorite.
As a developer, I get mad when I see reviews on the App Store complaining about price.
If my current place was the best place, my newer place will be the bestest place.
Ridding myself of my first ever “real” everyday carry, the eBags Slim Professional and the Jelly tech pouch I bought with it.
YNAB, or You Need a Budget in its long form, is a budgeting system and software that helps struggling and even savvy budgeters to reign in control of their finances.
I got a new gig! I am a frontend developer at a great company and with this brings a lot of changes for me.
For the longest time I’ve been tracking my time with Timing. But you know nerds.
I stopped writing here for a month or two. I missed it though. I vowed to just be chill about it; no analytics, just stuff I am passionate about in this community.
This is now just a fun endeavor; don’t care how long it takes to write. No pressure this time.
I did it. I got on the bandwagon and bought some AirPods.
Like Katie Floyd but not nearly as popular, I have bigger, better fish to fry. Thanks for reading all these years. I’ll be back, just not any time soon.
Pick of the Month this month is the Kindle Paperwhite and it is by far my favorite product so far this year.
I have, and have had, a Facebook problem.
It’s hard trying to write for a static site on iOS; there are plenty of Markdown writing apps but, with static sites such as this one, there is no dashboard as in a traditional CMS.
We can pretty much call Federico Viticci a programmer at this point. He’s become a master of automation in a few short years. This time, he figured out how to script and automate macOS with iOS and Shortcuts. The keys to all this are ssh, Keyboard Maestro, and BetterTouchTool.
The champion calendar app amongst nerds is Fantastical 2 and with good reason; the natural language parsing is best in class and the interface is functional. It also offers the best automation of any calendar app available on the App Store.
Technically, this update isn’t monumental; but it is big: the long awaited web clipper is finally here.
Been a bit of a rough stretch but I am still here.
Things 3 recently got an update which included dark mode.
Look, progressive elites don’t need any help alienating themselves from Middle America.
Apple needs these integrations as growth from their cash cow, the iPhone slows. The question is how far are they willing to open up the umbrella?
I’ve had the iPad Pro now for a little over a week. This episode goes over my thoughts about the device and how I plan to use it.
My new iPad Pro is here. Let me tell you, it’s beautiful. From the industrial design all the way down to the screen, this thing is gorgeous.
So yeah, after all that brouhaha I decided I’d get an iPad Pro thanks to a gift/help from my cousin.
Exercise is important for our health, long term and short term. How does the Apple Watch help in this regard?
I’ve decided to do a follow-up post on my progress of getting into better shape with Apple Watch.
iPad Pro as a computer replacement? Maybe.
Intro to the podcast
So I’m podcasting again but not about programming.
If you were to see me in real life, you’d instantly recognize I am not small. I am tall for a woman and really, really fat.
I wasn’t going to upgrade. Famous last words of technophiles everywhere.
I am a nerd. I am sure everyone who reads this blog is a nerd of some sort. As such, I traipse around the internet looking for Mac setups and desktop screenshots.
This is my favorite app of 2018 so far and in this random screencast, I am going to show you how I use it.
Goodbye, my very little income. Goodbye popular discovery sites. Apple doesn’t need you anymore.
Image credit: Dice Insights
The task management do si do is in full swing at Casa de White.
I’m not sure what the play is here for Google but while I like Material Design, I am not sure that look really belongs on iOS.
I’m sure that you’ve seen that I haven’t posted here for a couple months. In between my internship ending and the abrupt ending of my lease, I have had a pretty stressful couple of months.
I finally bought an Apple Watch after watching the space for 4 years. The internship I had allowed me to buy a Series 1 Apple Watch in my newly found color of love, Space Gray. This is my Pick of the Month for February.
Here are some of the apps I am using to stay productive while working remotely.
I have finally gotten my hands on an iPhone 8 Plus.
I am a heavy G Suite user. You can add extensions in Chrome to make it exceptional. This is what I have done, and where Streak CRM for Gmail comes in.
There are few things on the App Store that get me to download them almost immediately like email clients.
For businesses and power users who work with a lot of PDFs, converting to and from PDF on iOS can be cumbersome. Going all in on the iPad as a platform means that many people need a powerful app to convert between different formats.
After watching watching a video on using Trello for an editorial calendarI was pretty excited to start doing so for my two main blogs. Creating and editing Trello cards and lists is a tedious process on iOS and if an idea popped into my head, I wanted to be able to get it down quickly and into Trello.
Evernote or DEVONthink Pro Office? This is the question I’ve been asking myself for several years now.
I listen to all genres of music but my favorite is alternative rock, metal, and dubstep. Eclectic mix, I know. Here is a playlist I discovered while browsing Spotify for tailgating.
I was browsing the MobileRead forums like I do and visited the Amazon Echo thread. Little did I know I’d actually find one cheaply.
I had Code 2 by Panic, Inc for a while when I heard about their FTP client, Transmit 4.
KickMe is a cross-platform app built using a Node framework called Electron which allows a developer to write one app and port it to Windows, Mac, and Linux.
The subscription model only works when the people you are selling to use your app a lot and find it indispensable. This model works for things like professional tools, which is what Ulysses is, and things like Day One, that has recently gone subscription.
It is no secret in the Apple tech community that people are dumping their MacBooks and working solely on the iPad. Federico Viticci writes solely on his iPad and has several guides on how to do great things with iPad.
I wasn’t a dark mode person. When I was programming in Coda 2 on my Mac when I just started doing it, the UI was white. I showed someone a screenshot of it and they joked, “real programmers use dark editors.”
So I have played with the iOS 11 public beta, first on my iPad Pro and then the 2nd beta on my iPhone. First, I should list out the new features.
If you have been reading my blog for any length of time this year, I have regularly updated it for months until recently.
I love this time of year.
It’s WWDC season and I usually turn off notifications and non-essential phone calls and texts. I fire up my 3rd Gen Apple TV, sit back on the couch and watch the keynote.
Readdle, maker of apps like Spark Mail App, Documents+, and PDF Expert, has released v6 of their popular iOS apps.
Documents 6 and PDF Expert 6 have gotten a much need facelift.
Inside of these apps, icons are larger and the colors muted to give a more personal feel.
When I first came across timing, it was recommended to me by my good friend Nick Lash. We were talking about time tracking apps and his possible employment as an iOS developer for time tracking juggernaut Toggl.
He was thinking of rewriting their Mac app in the vein of Timing.app.
You could never chastise me for not reading enough.
I have been reading since I was three years old.
Mom and I weren’t exactly middle class so we would trek to the local library where we’d check out a mountain of books, all of which I’d read in about a week.
I have been writing about Apple in some form or another for the past two years. Starting as an app blog for non-traditional students, to moving my work over to The Apple Fancast, then back to my blog. I’ve had this thing running just a fraction of the time of other indie blogs and that’s because I didn’t get my first Apple device until October of 2013.
Good E-reader reports that Apple News partner, The Guardian, is pulling its news site from the app.
Apple has shrunk its Affiliate Program commission from 7% to 2.5%. This makes business sense for Apple: Affiliates most likely don’t generate the kind of revenue that Apple would like. It also doesn’t bring as much traffic to its App Stores.
Airmail finally adds DEVONthink Pro Office support to its Mac App.
I wanted to write a quick post on the focus of the blog going forward. Last year, I was inspired by a few of my productivity heroes to write about productivity instead of just apps. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to expand my reach and grow the blog beyond what it had become.
When we think about iOS automation these days, we tend to think about Workflow.app, which is the most powerful and full-featured example of what a talented team of developers can do within the limitations of iOS. It is rightfully the King of Automation on iOS.
I have had write post about Workflow in my OmniFocus list for weeks now. Looks like I am too late. Apple has acquired WorkflowHQ.
Getting to bed earlier has had a very profound effect on my productivity systems and productivity in general.
I recently overhauled my productivity system.
So as promised, I am penning the second part to my best Mac productivity apps of 2016. So without further ado, let’s get into it.
The end of the year is here and with that comes end of year mac app roundup posts of the best apps for productivity, games, and other popular app genres.
Siri for Mac is worthless for people with MacBook Pros with limited storage.
Are you still using IFTTT recipes? I am.
Top iOS productivity apps for fall 2016.
Some tools I use to Get Things Done in Evernote
This is an updated list of my favorite productivity apps for Mac.
Take a break. Smell the flowers. Be human.
Being the early bird can sometimes be beneficial.
The latest in productivity apps for iOS
We Apple and productivity nerds love our devices and we use them to Get Things Done™.
Reading an article on The Productivityist, as I often do, the topic of digital decluttering or digital minimalism was broached.
ContactsMate by Cisdem is a supplemental contacts manager for Mac that can help you clean up duplicate contacts, delete contacts, fix suffixes, prefixes, and unusual character names or just a first name.
The above caveat aside, IFTTT remains a significant tool in home and web service automation. It is the glue to the Internet of Things and remains an important part of many workflows, including my own.
Mike Vardy is the ultra-successful productivity blogger, podcaster, and coach. He runs The Productivityist blog and podcast.
A look at how I use Todoist. I will probably update this screencast as I have paid for premium and have a new workflow.
I have a lot of productivity apps that I use, perhaps my vice. But still, I can get work done quickly and efficiently. Here’s my setup to OCR pdfs I find on the internet and import them automatically to my reference managers of choice.
I know I have a BusyContacts screencast to get up and running here– I’ve recorded it but I have to go in and edit it which takes a lot of time. Getting up in running in the university as well as other projects takes a lot of that time.
I am currently playing with DEVONthink, the 150 hour free trial.
As promised, here is my screencast review of BusyCal.